Philadelphia Eagles get some bad news despite being idle

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Well, you can’t use the ‘Philadelphia Eagles are in first place’ anymore.

Well, the Thanksgiving Day news hasn’t been this bad for the Philadelphia Eagles since the Birds rolled up to the Motor City and took that 45-14 beatdown from what was supposed to be an inferior  Detroit Lions squad in 2015. Since then, the Eagles haven’t appeared in a Thanksgiving Day game, and more often than not, the Dallas Cowboys help the Birds out by laying an egg in their annual Turkey Day tilt.

Well, Dallas, indeed, laid their egg, but this time, it didn’t help Philly out. Why? It’s simple. The Dallas Cowboys dropped their eighth game of the season via a 41-16 thrashing that was handed to them by another Eagles NFC East rival, the Washington Football Team.

Here’s what Washington’s win means to Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Birds fans knew heading into the last Thursday of November that, they were screwed either way, but there was no chance of them holding onto their slim NFC East lead following a game between two old rivals. A win by the Cowboys or Washington would have been either squad’s fourth of the 2020 NFL campaign.

That means they were going to leapfrog the Eagles and their three wins. Simple mathematics shows us that the 4-7 Washington Football Team now leads the worst division in football. The Birds and New York Giants are behind them at 3-6-1 and 3-7 respectively. The Cowboys take over sole ownership of the cellar with a 3-8 mark.

What’s sad for Birds fans is this. How on Earth are they going to find their way back into the top spot now? They have the most difficult remaining schedule of the four NFC East teams. Their next four games are all against better teams: the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Arizona Cardinals. You can make an argument that they’re completely capable of losing all four games.

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Philly’s 2020 campaign ends with a game versus the Cowboys just two days after Christmas and their season finale scheduled for January 3rd, a rematch with the aforementioned Football Team. Dare we say, based on what we’ve seen so far from Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, and the Eagles, that the ceiling is a 5-10-1 record? Then again who’s to say that they even beat Washington and Dallas? Don’t be surprised if this team doesn’t win another game this season.